Special Report: Inside the Principal-Teacher Relationship

Do principals really know what their teachers think of them? Do teachers really trust that their principals understand—and can provide—what they need most to succeed?

How principals and teachers answer those questions and others about their relationships drove the reporting we’ve done to better understand how these major players do—and should—interact in their schools. Anchored by findings from a nationally representative survey of principals and teachers by the Education Week Research Center, our stories explore some of the key issues—and stressors—that influence the dynamics between principals and teachers. We talked to dozens of principals about their strategies for building strong partnerships with teachers and heard from many teachers about what they say they need most from their school leaders.


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Do your teachers trust you? Do your teachers think you have the skills to help them get better at instruction? Do they know that if a parent complains about them, you will handle the situation fairly? Are you and your teachers on the same page when it comes to student discipline?
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

An exclusive Education Week Research Center survey reveals striking gaps between how principals rate the impact of their leadership and how teachers do.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

Veteran teachers give advice on how principals can foster meaningful buy-in among their school’s staff members.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

Here are eight concrete ideas from principals and other experts that school leaders can use to make their evaluations and observations of teachers meaningful, actionable, and low-stress.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

How deeply principals should know content areas and how much it matters for helping their teachers is an active debate.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

We asked teachers to share how they most want their principals to show appreciation for the work they do.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

A principal's job tests skills that seldom show up in a training program. Among them: balancing on the tightrope stretched between the needs of teachers and of parents, particularly when the two parties are at odds.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

Principals encounter lots of parenting styles in their schools. Tell us about the "types" you’ve seen and strategies and tips you've used to interact with them in productive ways.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

Student misbehavior and discipline is a major source of friction between principals and teachers. Veteran educators share how they build consensus around discipline in their schools.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

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